This Day in History

Today is Thursday, March 14th, the 73rd day of the year.There are 292 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1794, Eli Whitney patented his cotton gin.The invention made it possible to clean 50-pounds of cotton per day.

In 1812, War Bonds were authorized by the United States for the first time.

In 1883, Communist writer Karl Marx died at the age of 64.

In 1923, President Warren G. Harding became the first president to pay taxes and account for his income.

In 1925, football legend Walter Camp died at the age of 65.Known as the Father of American Football, he is credited with developing such rules as the eleven man team, the line of scrimmage and the existing system of downs and yards.

In 1950, the FBI released its first Ten Most Wanted list.

In 1958, the Recording Industry Association of America certified the first gold record.The song was Perry Como's "Catch a Falling Star."

In 1964, a jury in Dallas, Texas, found Jack Ruby guilty of murdering accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.Ruby died of cancer while waiting for a new trial.

In 1967, Michigan State University defensive lineman Bubba Smith became the first player chosen in the first combined draft of the NFL and the AFL.He was selected by the Baltimore Colts.

In 1994, Apple introduced the Power Macintosh computer.

In 2005, media giant Walt Disney announced that Disney President Robert Iger would replace longtime Disney CEO Michael Eisner in the CEO position.

In 2010, "Mission: Impossible" TV star Peter Graves died at the age of 83.

In 2016, the NFL acknowledged a link between football and brain disease for the first time.The league's top health and safety officer made the concession during a round table discussion on concussions.

In 2018, Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76.He was a world-renowned physicist whose contributions to science spanned more than four decades.

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